|Brakes (Front)||14.0" Vented Slotted Discs/8-Piston Caliper|
|Brakes (Rear)||14.0" Vented Slotted Discs/6-Piston Caliper|
|Wheels (F)||Forged 3-Piece Alloy 19x9-1/2"|
|Wheels (R)||Forged 3-Piece Alloy 20x13" Rear|
|Tires Front||Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 235 35 (YR)19|
|Tires Rear||Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 335 30 (YR)20|
|Front Suspension||Unequal Length Upper and Lower A-Arms, Coil Over Springs, Remote Reservoir-Adjustable Penske Coil-Over Shocks, Cab Controlled Air Lift, Anti-Roll Bar|
|Rear Suspension||Unequal Lengths Upper Rocker and Lower A-Arm, Adjustable Coil-Over Springs, Remote Reservoir-Adjustable Penske Coil-Over Shock, Anti-Roll Bar|
|Transmission||6 Speed Sequential Manual|
|Final Drive Ratio||3.4444:1|
|Type:||Twin-Turbocharged SSC Designed Billet Aluminum Block V8|
|Bore X Stroke||4.125 x 3.620"|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Displacement cu in (cc):||387.2 cu.in.|
|Power bhp (kW) at RPM:||1287 bhp @ 6075 rpm|
|Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:||1112 ft-lbs @ 6150 rpm|
|Redline at RPM:||7200 rpm|
|Curb Weight||2,750 lbs.|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph s:||2.78 seconds|
|1/4 mile time||9.90 seconds @ 144 mph|
|Top Speed||SSC-Claimed 270 mph|
|60-0 mph Braking Distance||103 feet|
Not content to sit on the title of Guinness-certified world's fastest production car, United States-based supercar manufacturer Shelby Supercars has made the 2009 Ultimate Aero even faster. A new engine block, designed and produced in-house at SSC, is made from billet aluminum in a single piece and allows extreme load to be put through the motor. Horsepower is increased to an insane 1287 bhp.
The SSC Ultimate Aero does more than just revamp the engine and call it a day. A racing-derived AeroBrake system, or a rear spoiler system that raises at an angle relative to how quickly and how much the brake pedal is depressed, should provide just a little more security for Ultimate Aero drivers who will undoubtedly attempt some crazy personal land speed records of their own.
The official Guinness-certified world record for production car top speed is 256.15 mph, held by the 2008 Ultimate Aero. To attain the record, the Guinness system requires a car to make a pass along a single stretch of road, and then make another pass along the same stretch in the reverse direction, within one hour.
At its highest point the 2008 Ultimate Aero actually attained an even faster speed of 257.11 mph. Based on the power increase and proported increased airflow to the radiators due to new carbon fiber louvers bracing the side intakes, SSC claims the new 2009 Ultimate Aero will be good for a top speed of 270 miles per hour. Bang.
The quarter mile now comes in 9.9 seconds at a wiplash-inducing 144 mph. Are there any other factory stock production cars that can run a quarter mile in the 9's? We think not.
A new interior further differentiates the new 2009 SSC model from previous cars, featuring an exposed carbon fiber dash with all the requisite monitoring gear and an Azentek-developed Infotainment unit. Shelby Supercars has not yet released official 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero base price info, but expect it to raise just slightly from last year's Ultimate Aero base price of $654,500.
Shelby Supercars Unveils Newly Refined 2009 Ultimate Aero, 15% Horsepower Increase
Official Shelby Supercars Press Release
After holding the "World’s Fastest Production Car" title for the past year, the Shelby SuperCars' Ultimate Aero is receiving several refinements for the 2009 model year. The SSC engineering team equipped the 2009 Ultimate Aero with a 15% increase in horsepower, a revamped front fascia design, and an array of important interior upgrades. The most substantial change is an SSC-designed, 1-piece billet aluminum engine block. A milestone for the limited-production automobile manufacturer, the new block improves structural integrity and oiling capabilities allowing SSC to boost the power output to 1287 horsepower while improving durability.
Armed with the more powerful new engine, the '09 Ultimate Aero will be able to reach world-record speeds of 270 MPH, raising the benchmark for supercars and pushing the limits of current production car technology. In order to accommodate the '09 Ultimate Aero's unique fuel system requirements, SSC turned to American company Aeromotive to develop a flawless system. The aggressive nose is redesigned with enhanced aerodynamics to accommodate the 2009 Ultimate Aero's higher top speed, and carbon fiber louvers on the side intakes draw in an additional 20% of air into the radiators for improved cooling. The improvement in overall performance will widen the already sizeable gap between the Ultimate Aero and its competitors. The '09 Ultimate Aero also introduces the AeroBrakeTM a rear spoiler system that deploys under braking situations. Finished in carbon fiber, the rear spoilers actuate up an additional 8" when the brake pedal is depressed. The speed of the spoiler actuation is set by the amount of brake pedal pressure. The complete AeroBrakeTM system can be disabled by the push of a button, for town driving or situations where braking and downforce assistance are not necessary.
Rounding out the '09 Ultimate Aero's improvements is a revamped interior. A redesigned dash prominently displays sleek, exposed carbon fiber dash halves and inset air vents. Carbon fiber accents run along the doorsills, surround the new gauge cluster, and continue onto a revised steering column, which includes an analog speedometer and tachometer with a sequential shift light integrated into the tachometer needle. The new center console incorporates a digital temperature control unit and tire pressure monitor along with an Azentek PC base Infotainment unit. The revolutionary Azentek unit offers all the capabilities of a PC and processes SSC's onboard diagnostic software.